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Also Known As: Susan Victoria Lucci Died:
Born: December 23, 1946 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Scarsdale, New York, USA Profession: actor, singer

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One of the most durable and popular figures in daytime soap opera history, Susan Lucci reigned as Erica Kane, bitch supreme, on ABC's "All My Children" beginning with the show's premiere in 1970. Lucci's spoiled teenager evolved over time into what TV Guide named "unequivocally the most famous soap opera character in the history of daytime TV." Lucci was among the first daytime stars to achieve crossover popularity, which led to branching out into primetime with guest appearances over the years on "Fantasy Island" (ABC, 1978-1984), "The Fall Guy" (ABC, 1981-86), "Dallas" (CBS, 1978-1991) and "Army Wives" (Lifetime, 2007- ). She became well known as a mainstream TV star with a number of made-for-TV movies, while she launched her own business by selling beauty products on the Home Shopping Network and in infomercials. Lucci's status as the highest paid daytime TV actor earned the actress her share of notoriety, as did her love-hate relationship with the Daytime Emmy Awards. The beloved actress racked up a very public 19 years worth of nominations on her top-rated show before finally taking home an award in 1999. She went on to play Erica Kane for another 12 years before ABC canceled "All My Children"...

One of the most durable and popular figures in daytime soap opera history, Susan Lucci reigned as Erica Kane, bitch supreme, on ABC's "All My Children" beginning with the show's premiere in 1970. Lucci's spoiled teenager evolved over time into what TV Guide named "unequivocally the most famous soap opera character in the history of daytime TV." Lucci was among the first daytime stars to achieve crossover popularity, which led to branching out into primetime with guest appearances over the years on "Fantasy Island" (ABC, 1978-1984), "The Fall Guy" (ABC, 1981-86), "Dallas" (CBS, 1978-1991) and "Army Wives" (Lifetime, 2007- ). She became well known as a mainstream TV star with a number of made-for-TV movies, while she launched her own business by selling beauty products on the Home Shopping Network and in infomercials. Lucci's status as the highest paid daytime TV actor earned the actress her share of notoriety, as did her love-hate relationship with the Daytime Emmy Awards. The beloved actress racked up a very public 19 years worth of nominations on her top-rated show before finally taking home an award in 1999. She went on to play Erica Kane for another 12 years before ABC canceled "All My Children" after 41 years on the air. Though upset with the decision, Lucci maintained her hope for the future and set about finding her next iconic role.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Blood on Her Hands (1998) Isabelle Collins
3.
 Ebbie (1995) Elizabeth "Ebbie" Scrooge
4.
 Seduced And Betrayed (1995) Victoria Sanders
5.
 French Silk (1994) Claire Laurent
6.
 Between Love and Hate (1993) Vivian Conrad
7.
 Double Edge (1992) Carmen Moore; Maggie Dutton
8.
 Woman Who Sinned, The (1991) Victoria Robeson
9.
 Bride in Black, The (1990) Rose D'Amore
10.
 Lady Mobster (1988) Laurel March
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Raised in Long Island, New York
1966:
Failed a Broadway tryout at age 19
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Acted in the never released feature, "Daddy, You Kill Me"
1968:
Made the finals of the Miss New York pageant, but withdrew in order to complete her college exams
1970:
Cast as Erica Kane on the ABC daytime drama, "All My Children"; received an Emmy nomination almost every year since 1978
1982:
Made cameo appearance along with many other daytime drama stars in the film, "Young Doctors in Love"
1984:
Made TV movie debut in "Invitation to Hell" (ABC)
1986:
Became a spokeswoman for Revlon cosmetics
1986:
Played the title role in the NBC TV-movie, "Mafia Princess"
1987:
Hosted the Lifetime interview show, "The Working Women's Survival Hour"
1990:
Appeared as Sheila Foley (a.k.a. Hillary Taylor) in six episodes of the final season of the CBS primetime soap opera, "Dallas"
1992:
Played dual roles of a hit woman and an FBI agent who resembles the assassin in the CBS movie "Double Edge"
1995:
Portrayed the title character in "Ebbie," a distaff remake of Dickens' "A Christmas Carol" (Lifetime)
1999:
Made Broadway singing debut in title role of "Annie Get Your Gun"; replaced actress Bernadette Peters in the role
2004:
Guest-stared in a one hour special of the successful ABC series "Hope and Faith"
2005:
Received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame
2008:
Joined the seventh season of ABC's reality competition "Dancing with the Stars"
2010:
Made a recurring cameo as herself on TV Land's "Hot in Cleveland"
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Education

Garden City High School: Garden City , New York - 1964
Marymount College of Fordham University: Tarrytown , New York - 1968

Notes

Lucci was honored as Best Actress of the Year by Harvard University in 1981.

She was named Best Soap Actress in a People magazine poll in 1985.

Lucci has received the Soap Opera Digest Editor's Award for Outstanding Contribution to Daytime Television in 1988.

She received the Canadian TV Guide People's Choice Award for Best Soap Actress (1989).

She was named Woman of the Year by the Italian-American Welfare League. (Her father is of Italian descent, her mother of Scandanavian.)

Once, while Lucci was in church saying penance after confession, she overheard the gasp of parishioner, who then told another, "Oh my God, Erica prays!"

In 2002, Lucci was sued by a consulting firm in Delaware which alleged she never paid them 9 percent of revenues for a direct-mail beauty product line she endorsed.

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husband:
Helmet Huber. Restaurateur, manager. Married in 1969; born c. 1938; was offered the job of White House chef at age 25; originally from Austria; met Lucci when she was engaged to another man.

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daughter:
Liza Victoria Huber. Former actor. Born c. 1975; has appeared with mother in TV commercials and print ads; cast in the NBC soap opera "Passions".
son:
Andreas Martin Huber. Born c. 1980; has appeared with mother in TV commercials and print ads.

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